What is Orienteering?

The sport of skilled navigation, orienteering is a timed challenge through unfamiliar terrain to find a series of checkpoints (called controls) and return to the finish.

The only tools you're allowed - a detailed map with the course and controls on it (given to you at the start), a compass, and your brain. The rest is up to you. Usually on foot, but sometimes on skis, snowshoes, or mountain bike, orienteering can be as extreme, or as leisurely, as you like. Learn More!


Try an Event

Getting started in our sport is easy. You can come out to one of our clinics, join one of our training programs, or jump right in and give one of our events a go. All of our events are beginner and family friendly.

Get Started!

Any of the events in the following series
would be excellent ones to start with:

Spring and Fall Series Join us!
Sunday morning events in Ottawa's nicest
forests and natural areas.
Summer Solstice Series Join us!
Fun Tuesday evening events throughout June.
Accessible greenbelt locations.
Winter Series Join us!
Orienteer on skis and snowshoes!
Orienteering Clinics Join us!
Get a jump start on our sport!

Find your Program

Want to improve your orienteering? Stay in shape while using your brain? Orienteering Ottawa has programs for orienteers of all ages and abilities.

Here are a few of our most popular programs:

Learn to Orienteer:
Instructional Clinics for all ages 5-85 More Details
Kids Running Free
Spring and Fall sessions for ages 8-14.
No experience required.
Multiple locations! See Junior programs
Drop-in Running Training
Every Wednesday year round.
All ages, all abilities. More Details
Adult Technique Programs
Basic Level - See Adult programs
Intermediate Level More Details
Advanced Level More Details

Important Updates

  • Future new map in the south Carp Hills

    02 September 2015
    If you enjoy running in new areas and maybe getting a sneak preview, please read on.
  • Ottawa O-Fest is the Ontario Championships!

    31 August 2015
    This September’s Ottawa O-Fest has just recently been designated the Ontario Championships by Orienteering Ontario. While this doesn’t change the events that we will have, there will now also be Ontar...
  • 2015 Canadian Medal Winners

    23 August 2015
    Well done Gold medalists! - Stefan Bergstrom, Thomas Lindale, Amanda Edmunds, Gloria Rankin, Andrew Cornet and Alex Bergstrom
  • WOC 2015

    09 August 2015
    Overall, Team Canada had reasonable results.  Emily had a tough start to the middle at control 1, a great run in the relay: made up over 3 minutes in the last leg to beat the USA Team by 2 seconds, an...

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